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Published on December 4, 2018 3:44PM

Last changed on December 4, 2018 3:54PM

The holiday traditions of 19th Century Newport lighthouse keepers will come to life this Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area hosts its annual Victorian Holiday Celebration.

This festive event, held a stone’s throw from the Oregon Coast’s tallest lighthouse, connects kids to public lands and to America’s natural and cultural heritage.

Throughout the day, families can participate in making a variety of Victorian-era crafts or help to decorate the Christmas tree. Visitors can start the day with open caroling at 10 am and stay to listen to musical guests perform on the hour while enjoying tasty treats and cider. And guests who stay until the end will be rewarded by a special appearance from a very jolly guest indeed.

Admission to the event is free. The Yaquina Head Interpretive Center will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. All other areas of the park will be accessible from 8 am to dusk.

For more information about the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, contact the BLM at 541-574-3100 or go to www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/yaquina.

The schedule:

10 am: Open caroling accompanied by hammered dulcimer and whistle

11 am: High Tide Northwest: women’s quartet

Noon: Spindrift: hammered dulcimer, mandolin and viola

1 pm: OSU Outspoken: men’s a capella

2 pm: Mary-Beth Nickel & Friends: harp, flutes and drum

3 pm: Coastalaires barbershop chorus, with special holiday guest

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